PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — What a music lesson for the high school choir at Girard Academic Music Program in South Philadelphia. A Philly Pops guest conductor sat in on their rehearsal.
Back visiting his Philadelphia roots, before performing with the Pops at the Kimmel Center this weekend, the internationally known Broadway conductor, David Charles Abell, led the masterclass.READ MORE: Some Philadelphia Students Set To Return To Classroom Monday For First Time In Nearly A Year
“Music theater is not a subtle art form. You’ve got to exaggerate. It’s big gestures, big volume when you speak and sing, and bring lots of energy,” said Abell. “It’s not poetry, that’s a beautiful, small art form. You’re performing before 1,200 people in a theater, when you do a musical.”
Abell dropped musical theater pointers, one after the other, after listening to a verse or two at a time.READ MORE: Philly Police Identify Suspect, Edward Prince, Wanted In Fatal Hit-And-Run That Dragged 60-Year-Old Feet Nearly 300 Feet
“In the heights. One and go…in the heights. You’re getting there. Now, put some attitude in it.”
The rehearsal came ahead of the public magnet school’s own Broadway production, to be performed Friday night on the Plaza Stage at the Kimmel, before the Pops concert.MORE NEWS: Police Investigating ATM Robbery At Northeast Philadelphia Convenience Store
GAMP’s curriculum incorporates both academic and music requirements, and all students are enrolled in music theory when not belting it out in the school choir.